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First Step Recovery Ranch

Equine Rescue


About US

Our program works to identify, experience and cope with emotions while being healed by the way of the horse.

Hi, Welcome to First Step Recovery Ranch!

Here at First Step Recovery Ranch we offer THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP for veterans. For many individuals who have served in our military, the ability to remain relaxed in the present moment and make important connections with other people is more difficult than most of the general public. Often this is a by-product of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Additionally, when serving in the military, there is a demand for all individuals to be actually aware of their surroundings at all times due to the perilous served, this hyper-vigilant state does not subside when returning to re-integrated into society. Making connections with civilians is challenging often resulting in a sense of isolation even when returning to home, friends and family.


FSRR offers Equine Assisted Therapy that is a powerful modality for veterans. It is offered in a safe, outdoor environment instead of the confines of an office, it incorporates the relationship with a non-judgmental animal, and it allows recovery from trauma without forcing veterans to re-experience traumatic events. 


We work with multiple veterans in our program and have many veterans serving as volunteers at our ranch. We offer a 12 week program for veterans and their families. Our goal is to offer this free of charge to all our veterans and families. We are applying for the Equine Assisted Adaptive Sports Grant to make this possible. If you would like to donate to our veterans program please{ click here{ We need continued support from the community in order to be able to continue to serve veterans in the manner that they deserve..




With the experience of 20 years mastering communication with horses, I am pleased to share my experience and knowledge I have gained while traveling and attending workshops.

Meet the team



Philosophy + Misson 

what makes us different

Yesterday I was clever,
so I wanted to
 change the world. Today I am wise,
so I am changing myself.
- Rumit

Our vision here at First Step Recovery Ranch is to understand your core emotions, to identify and access inner capacity for healing and assume self-responsibility in a non-threating and a motivating learning environment.  


Our Mission at First Step Recovery Ranch is to bring adolescents ,women and, groups to interact with the horses and to have a change of scenery. Being at the stables surrounded by the horses and nature tends to have calming and uplifting affect on most and in time has proven to release signs of confined anger, negativity and destructiveness.

We believe in

what makes us different


The whole ride, I was in absolute heaven, enjoying not only the fresh air but the complete freedom from the rest of my life. In retrospect, the fact that Sweet Pea strongly resembles a unicorn may have contributed to the surrealness of the whole experience, but I felt a sense of calm that I had been lacking. The discord that was ever present in my everyday life, disappeared for the one hour we were on the trail. As I sat on Sweet Pea in the beautiful fall sunshine, I felt completely free from any judgement or expectation.  


2001 River Circle Dr
Richmond, KY 40575

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